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Pope Francis lifts 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases used to protect pedophiles, silence victims

Pope Francis has lifted the "pontifical secret," the highest degree of confidentiality that has been used in sexual abuse cases to protect pedophiles and silence victims. The change , announced Tuesday, would open the door for the Vatican to share information with the police and other local authorities and comes at a time when there has been a public push for more transparency in the Roman Catholic Church.
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